Giants Pitcher Brian Wilson's "Quirkiness" is His Christian Witness
Teresa Neumann-Commentary : Nov 5, 2010 : Jason Turbow - The New York Times
Brian Wilson is reaching more people by simply being himself—in a career God has placed him—than I may ever dream of reaching in an entire lifetime.
(San Francisco, Ca.)—It appears some people's Christian witness, or testimony, can consist of little more than just being themselves, especially if it involves a personality that can only be described as "quirky." Case in point? Brian Wilson of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants.
"So I basically give respect to the ultimate fighting world and I also give respect to Christ, the audience of one that I play for. I don't play for anything else. I play to impress Him and only Him, and I must honor Him through defeat and also successes, because I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the strength that He gives me. Talent only goes so far."
Asked why he chooses to make the gesture at the end of the game, he replied, "It's not for showboating. What more perfect time to display my faith than at the end of a game?"
Researching Brian Wilson's biography has reminded me, yet again, of the dangers of "judging a book by its cover." Hopefully, the next time I see someone who looks, or behaves, outside of the proverbial "box" I'll have the heart of the Lord, instead of a heart of surprise that they could be a Christian. After all, Brian Wilson is reaching more people by simply being himself—in a career God has placed him—than I may ever dream of reaching in an entire lifetime.
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